- Mar 31, 2011
This is already out for the Vive, unfortunately HTC has decided that they want $99/€120 for this small "Feature Upgrade" alone: https://www.vive.com/us/vive-deluxe-audio-strap/better headstraps are something I will definitely buy when they come out.
One of the annoyances of the Vive was that qualitatively it had worse product design than the Oculus Rift and especially for the goal of moving around in a room constantly, it got really annoying that it didn't sit firmly e.g. when trying to play VR Minigolf and looking up/down or whatnot or during heavy arcade shooting sessions it easily slips a bit or shifts away from the soft-spot viewing angle and gets blurry. Another annoying thing about it was having to put on the HMD first and headphones second, having to deal with tangled wires and whatnot. The "Deluxe Audio Strap" supposedly fixes both of those things, I'm going to get one soon.
Unfortunately this makes it a $900/€1020 buy + shipping if you want the full product and sets it far outside of the usual price range of most people, while the Oculus Rift actually includes all of this out-of-the-box for only $400 now with both the HMD and Touch Controllers being more refined, which is why it's a good alternative after the release of Touch and price cut despite everything, and with a third camera it can even simulate room-scale for much cheaper and on top of that will be natively compatible (as opposed to having to use ReVive) with all the Software from both the Oculus/Facebook Store and SteamVR/Valve for people that care about those "Exclusives", since Facebook is engaging in that practice while Valve isn't.
There's also a third party Add-On called "TPCast" by the Chinese available in certain regions effectively making the Vive Wireless by embedding a 60Ghz Wireless receiver on the HMD, which is likely how LG and other upcoming HMDs will make their products Wireless too: https://uploadvr.com/tpcast-wireless-vive-kit-works/